Public urged to ‘bag it and bin it’ following recent Neospora outbreaks

Jul 9, 2018

Concerns over increasing reports of Neospora outbreaks in cattle have been highlighted, with farmers urging dog walkers to ‘bag it and bin it’. Neospora, an infectious parasite, does not harm dogs but they can carry the disease, often going undetected. The disease does, however, cause harm to cattle and sheep and it can result in the abortion of unborn young. The impact can result in significant costs and distress for farmers. NFU Cymru Rural Affairs Board Chair, Hedd Pugh who attended the National Access Forum for Wales, said the public must pick up after their dog. “In recent months, NFU Cymru has received increasing reports of outbreaks of Neospora in cattle. These are coming from all areas in Wales,” Mr Pugh said. “The disease is found in dog faeces, which can contaminate the animals’ grazing pasture. That is why it’s important that dog owners always pick up after their dogs. “Dogs owners are also encouraged to keep their dogs away from animal food and water troughs as the disease can... ...

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